Hartlepool boss has mixed feelings about old club Tranmere going down

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore admitted to mixed feelings after his side’s victory relegated former club Tranmere Rovers - who sacked him over a breach of betting rules, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

The Pools boss said he was “gutted” to see the club he used to play for and manage drop down into the Conference.

But he insisted they wouldn’t have gone down if they hadn’t axed him back in April last year.

As well as losing his job as Tranmere boss the former striker was also fined £2,000 and given a one-month ban, suspended for two years, after he admitted an FA charge relating to betting on competitions and matches in which his club was involved.

Moore broke the rules after placing bets for family members from his account, which on one occasion included a £1 stake on Tranmere to win in a double with Manchester United, which returned less than £4.

After Moore left, Rovers went on to be relegated into League Two and have since been battling all season with Pools to stay in the Football League.

I’m actually gutted for Tranmere because they are a fantastic club

Ronnie Moore

Their defeat at Plymouth Argyle, coupled with Cheltenham Town’s loss at home to Shrewsbury, saw both clubs relegated with one game to go.

Moore told SportMail: “I’m actually gutted for Tranmere because it is a fantastic club, a big club and I feel for the fans.

“They are like the Hartlepool fans – so vocal and so passionate.

“I’m not sounding big headed, but they would not have gone down last season if I was still there.

“They would not have gone down this year the same, that’s just my opinion.

“I know we had turned the corner when I got the sack and a certain person made a vital error that cost me a lot of money – what goes around comes around doesn’t it?”

Moore spent eight months out of work after being sacked from Tranmere, a move which cost him £130,000 in lost wages.

He admitted he wondered if he’d ever get another job but has loved “every minute” at Pools.

Moore added: “You always wonder if the phone will ring again.

“It’s a betting scandal isn’t it?

“You see on Twitter that I’ve had five grand on Tranmere to get beat, I had a fiver on us to win!

“There was 11 £1 bets on there but it was wrong, a simple mistake and a man-to-man conversation would have solved it and, if it had, I’m sure the decision would not have happened.

“It was tough to leave Tranmere but I’ve enjoyed it more than ever here.

“Getting involved day-to-day gave me a massive lift.”